Parker County Today October 2016 - Page 15

our law: COLUMN Knowing How To Play The Game Is Critical By Mark Haney, Partner, Puls Haney Kaiser PLLC Photo by Steven Schillio P Mark A. Haney is AV-rated by Martindale Hubble and is recognized as a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly magazine. For additional information about Mark’s practice and Puls Haney Kaiser PLLC, please visit PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY phone. If the boys had not gotten out of the way at the last minute, their lives and those of their families would have been changed forever. It can happen in the blink of an eye. While we hope no harm comes to you; if it does, we are here to help. It takes quick action from knowledgeable people to make a difference. Inappropriate land use, land development driven by expediency, over-reaching homeowner associations, workers “on the clock” who ignore the basics of safety, and disrespect for property rights can all lead to problems not only with your property and personal welfare, but with that of your neighbor’s. It is difficult to know how to handle these problems when they arise, utilizing the right approach for the given situation. Being the first to file suit is not always the best alternative, and compromise and understanding may ensure better long-time neighbor relations. We are experienced in playing the game the right way, whether it needs a gentle, discrete communication or the approach of a hardened litigator. We have helped people throughout this community for years, and stand ready to step in and guide you at a moment’s notice. We have a broad range of experience and background in personal injury, family law, guardianships and probate, business litigation, farming, ranching, banking, land development and more. Parker County is truly a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family--or even to retire to a less hectic and demanding lifestyle. We are enthusiastic about all of the good things happening in Parker County, and want you to know you can count on us to be there when you need us. OCTOBER 2016 arker County is rapidly changing. Hopefully, all of the change is for the better. The accelerated expansion of schools, the unprecedented population growth, the increased traffic, the attendant construction of homes, businesses and roads, and the new economic development opportunities presenting themselves regularly are, by all accounts, expected to continue for years to come. The friendliness and “can-do” spirit of this vibrant area is populated with people committed to making Parker County a great place to work and call home. However, great change can bring great problems and unforeseen consequences. Increased construction with all of the safety risks and traffic delays for the community, heavier traffic loads and increased accidents, ground water contamination and runoff, damage to property and livestock due to inappropriate land and mineral development can be daunting. Injury and loss, including financial injury and loss, can be devastating. Parker County is fortunate to be served by wise and dedicated county commissioners, council members, city managers, city planners, and others in the community, including volunteers, all focused and working hard to make the rapid growth in the community as safe as it can be for everyone. The experienced attorneys at Puls Haney Kaiser are here to do our part as well. We are committed to assisting those who have suffered loss, injury, or harm as the result of negligence or bad business or development practices. I was recently driving out near Lake Weatherford and saw a construction truck nearly run over two young boys on their bicycles. Some of you reading this article may have seen this incident as well. There were several amazed witnesses. The driver hardly noticed that he had nearly killed the bicyclists because he was busy looking at his cell 13